I mean

idiom

Definition of I mean

informal
1 used to emphasize a statementHe has to stop drinking. I mean, he's going to kill himself if he keeps it up.He throws, I mean, really hard!
2 used to correct a previous statementWe met in Toronto—I mean Montreal.
3 used when one is unsure of what to say or how to say itI'm not mad. It's just that, I mean, I think you've been acting a little selfishly.

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“I mean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/I%20mean. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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